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THE PROEMS OF THE DIFFERENT ANTHOLOGIES
1.—THE STEPHANUS OF MELEAGER1
To whom, dear Muse, dost thou bring these varied fruits of song, or who was it who wrought this garland of poets ? The work was Meleager's, and he laboured thereat to give it as a keepsake to glorious Diocles. Many lilies of Anyte he inwove, and many of Moero, of Sappho few flowers, but they are roses ; narcissus, too, heavy with the clear song of Melanippides and a young branch of the vine of Simonides; and therewith he wove in the sweet-scented lovely iris of Nossis, the wax for whose writing-tablets Love himself melted ; and with it marjoram from fragrant Rhianus, and Erinna's sweet crocus, maiden-hued, the hyacinth of Alcaeus, the vocal poets' flower, and a dark-leaved branch of Samius' laurel.
15 He wove in too the luxuriant ivy-clusters of Leonidas and the sharp needles of Mnasalcas' pine ; the deltoid 2 plane-leaves of the song of Pamphilus he plucked intangled with Pancrates' walnut branches;
1 I print in italics the names of the poets, none of whose epigrams are preserved in the Anthology.
2 The word means bandy-legged, and I think refers to the shape of the leaves.